But another 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) American with Bay Area ties pulled off a big upset on Sunday in qualifying for the $100,000 Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger.
Wild card Tom Fawcett, a Stanford sophomore from Winnetka, Ill., ousted fourth-seeded Matt Reid of Australia 7-6 (4), 6-2 at the Tiburon Peninsula Club. Reid reached last year's semifinals as a qualifier.
Fawcett is scheduled to meet fifth-seeded Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland today at 10 a.m. for a berth in the main draw.
The top two qualifying seeds also lost on Sunday. No. 1 Benjamin Mitchell, a 2013 quarterfinalist from Australia, fell to American Sekou Bangoura 7-5, 6-3. No. 2 Joshua Milton of Great Britain retired after losing the first set to American Dennis Nevolo, a former University of Illinois All-American, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the Bay Area could meet Ryan Harrison of Austin, Texas, for the third straight week. But this time, it would be in the second round.
Novikov, 21, beat Harrison, 23, in a $50,000 Challenger final for the second straight week on Sunday. Novikov, seeded eighth, topped Harrison, seeded fourth, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in Columbus, Ohio, after winning 6-4, 7-5 in Cary, N.C.
Harrison, the 2010 Tiburon runner-up to Tobias Kamke of Germany, is seeded fifth this year. Novikov is unseeded.
$100,000 WELLS FARGO TIBURON CHALLENGER
At Tiburon Peninsula Club
Second-round qualifyingNicolas Meister (3), United States, def. Conor Berg, United States, 6-4, 6-0. Sekou Bangoura, United States, def. Benjamin Mitchell (1), Australia, 7-5, 6-3.
Tom Fawcett, United States, def. Matt Reid (4), Australia, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Jose Statham (6), New Zealand, def. Bernardo Saraiva, Portugal, 6-3, 6-2.
Dennis Nevolo, United States, def. Joshua Milton (2), Great Britain, 6-2, 0-0, retired.
Henri Laaksonen (5), Switzerland, def. Eric Johnson, United States, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Marcos Giron (7), United States, def. Filip Bergevi, Sweden, 7-6, (3), 6-1.
Andre Dome (8), United States, def. Joseph Cadogan, Trinidad and Tobago, 6-1, 6-2.
(Starting at 10 a.m.)Henri Laaksonen (5), Switzerland, vs. Tom Fawcett, United States (final-round qualifying).
(Not before 11:30 a.m.)Jared Donaldson (8), United States, vs. Darian King, Barbados.
Kyle Edmund (2), Great Britain, vs. Brydan Klein, Great Britain.
(Not before 4 p.m.)Denis Kudla (1), United States, vs. Connor Smith, United States.
(Starting at 10 a.m.)Marcos Giron (7), United States, vs. Dennis Nevolo, United States (final-round qualifying).
(Not before 11:30 a.m.)Tennys Sandgren, United States, vs. Quentin Halys, France.
Peter Polansky, Canada, vs. Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria.
(Starting at 10 a.m.)Sekou Bangoura, United States, vs. Andre Dome, United States (final-round qualifying).
(Not before 11 a.m.)Nicolas Meister, United States, vs. Jose Statham, New Zealand (final-round qualifying).
(Not before 2:30 p.m.)John Paul Fruttero, United States, and Ben McLachlan, New Zealand, vs. Adrien Bossel, Switzerland, and Quentin Halys, France.